CLRN is now part of SSERVI!
posted November 12, 2013
Nine research teams have been recently announced as part of the new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). These new teams together with international partners (including CLRN!), replace the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI), and will address various scientific questions about the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the Martian Moons Phobos and Deimos.
The winning teams, which SSERVI will support for five years at a combined total of about $12 million per year, were selected from a pool of 32 proposals based on competitive peer-review evaluation. Click here for more details about the different SSERVI teams.
Two academic CLRN members from Western University are part of a total of five research teams. Dr. Gordon Osinski (Principal Invesitagator of CLRN, Dept. of Earth Sciences) is part of three SSERVI member teams listed below, together with their research topics and principal investigators:
Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration; Jennifer Heldmann, NASA Ames.
Inner Solar System Impact Processes; David Kring, Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston.
- Evolution and Environment of Exploration Destinations: Science and Engineering Synergism; Carle Pieters, Brown University in Providence, R.I.
Dr. Peter Brown (Director of CPSX, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy) is part of two SSERVI member teams;
Institute for the Science of Exploration Targets: Origin, Evolution and Discovery; William Bottke, Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.
- Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science; Daniel Britt, University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.
Click here for more details from the recent press release through Western News.
These are exciting times for lunar and small bodies research, particularly with regard to Canadian participation. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Moon Tours - A New Mobile App
posted September 16, 2013
NASA has released a new mobile app "Moon Tours", as part of the Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal (LMMP). This app allows users to view all the data available within LMMP, including lunar imagery from current and historical missions that can be used by scientists, mission planners, students, and the public. Other available data products include scientifically referenced digital elevation maps (DEMs), slope maps, rock and hazard maps, gravity maps, and mineralogy maps.
With Moon Tours, users can:
- View the map by panning and zooming using touch gestures
- Overlay any of the 600+ layers into the current view and adjusting the transparency of any layer
- Determine the latitude and longitude of the current view as well as maintain context of the current view relative to the entire map
- Calculate the distance between two locations on the lunar surface
- Search for the names of features such as craters and hills
- Read an abstract about a particular data layer, or a longer document providing detailed information about the layer with citations and references to relevant scientific papers
- View lunar terrain data rendered in realtime 3D
- View a curated list of interesting sites on the lunar surface
- Generate interactive 3D models of regions on the moon and save views for later analysis
The app is currently available for iPhone and iPad (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moon-tours/id696977262?mt=8). Android compatible versions are in development and will be available soon. More enquiries about the app can be addressed to Emily Law.
LEAG - Destination Moon Flyer
posted September 16, 2013
The LEAG Roadmapping Team has put together a draft flyer emphasizing the large role the Moon plays in advancing robotic and human exploration of the Solar System. It particularly is beneficial to the global planetary community, and towards the Global Exploration Roadmap. A copy of the flyer can be found here. Questions/comments/suggestions can be addressed to Jeff Plescia or Clive Neal.
The recently updated Global Exploration Roadmap released Aug 20, 2013 by the International Space Exploration Coordination Group proposes sending a Canadian Astronaut to the moon! Link to cbc.ca story.
Application Deadline: July 5, 2013
The Short Course and Field School at the Sudbury Impact Structure is a week-long classroom and field training program based in Sudbury, Ontario. The goal of the program will be to introduce students to impact cratering processes and observe, in the field, the attributes of an immense basin-size impact structure. Sudbury is known for spectacular shatter cones, tremendously thick melt-bearing impact breccias (the Onaping Formation), and a differentiated impact melt sheet (the Sudbury Igneous Complex). Skills developed during the program should better prepare students for their own thesis studies in impact cratered terrains, whether they be on Earth, the Moon, Mars, or some other solar system planetary surface. This field camp is being organized under the auspices of the NASA Lunar Science Institute, which is designed, in part, to train a new generation of explorers for the Moon and beyond. The activity is being led the Canadian Lunar Research Network and the LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration.
Course details are available in our syllabus.
The 2013 (6th Annual) National Canadian Space Commerce Association Conference
"Commercial Space Resource Utilization"
Date & Time: Thursday, March 7th, 2013, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, with a Networking & Social Event at 7:00 PM
(full day conference held one day after, and affiliated with the 2013 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Annual Conference (PDAC 2013)
Location: Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada (exact location TBA)
Prominent speakers from Carlton University, Deep Space Industries Inc, McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, MKForce Consulting, Moon Express, Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT), OMX Marketplace, Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG), PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Shackleton Energy Company Inc,
An Invitation to share an Inspirational Video and Audiotrack from David Kring, LPI
Posted Sept 5, 2012
Fellow Lunar Explorers,
I have often argued that the Moon is the best and most accessible place
in the solar system for robotic and human assets to address
fundamentally important scientific questions while simultaneously
providing an opportunity to expand our technological capabilities. To
remind ourselves of the opportunities on the Moon, the Center for Lunar
Science and Exploration team has created a brief (3 minute) video with
scenes so dramatic you may find yourself reaching out to pick up a rock and becoming restless for a chance to walk among lunar peaks.
The video and soundtrack "From the Earth to the Moon" (http://www.lpi.usra.edu/nlsi/moonVideo/)
- Provides an inspirational view of the lunar surface, which
humans have not visited since 1972, despite being the best and most
accessible place in the solar system to explore the fundamental
principles of our origins
- Highlights vast portions of the lunar surface that have yet to
be explored; and
- Demonstrates how new images are revealing dramatic details of
future landing sites suitable for both robotic and human missions.
I encourage you to download the HD version of the video (from the bottom
of that website) to fully marvel at this tour of the lunar surface. I
also note that we have intentionally produced a few scenes with a
patchwork of images of different resolutions to illustrate the
additional detail that LRO has provided.
Canadian Space Summit 2012 - Nov 14-26, Western University
Posted Sept 5, 2012
The theme of the 2012 Canadian Space Summit is Bridging Communities: Unifying the Canadian Space Sector. This Summit will provide a unique forum to address relevant issues in Canada’s current and future space program and the major roles that could be played by various participants and advocates, private sector companies, provincial and federal government organizations and academia. It will provide a multi-faceted forum for the Canadian and international community to present recent scientific advances, exchange information on new technologies, develop new ideas and to discuss opportunities for international collaboration. The Summit will comprise a mix of plenary sessions, invited talks, poster sessions, and panel discussions. The goal of this conference is to provide a venue for interdisciplinary networking and promote further connections between the various communities within the Canadian space sector. Visit the Summit webpage at CSS2012.uwo.ca!
Impact Cratering Short Course and Field Training Program
October 1 - 5, 2012 in Sudbury, ON
Posted Mar 21, 2012
Impact cratering is one of the most fundamental, yet poorly understood, geological processes in the Solar System. On many planets, impact craters are the dominant geological landform. On Earth, erosion, plate tectonics and volcanic resurfacing continually destroy the impact cratering record, but even here, the geological, biological, and environmental effects of impact cratering are apparent. Impact events are destructive and have been linked to at least one of the “big five” mass extinctions over the past 540 Ma. In recent years, it has also become apparent that impact craters can also have beneficial effects: many impact craters are associated with economic metalliferous ore deposits and hydrocarbon reservoirs. Impact events can also create new biological niches, which can provide favourable conditions for the survival and evolution of life and potentially on other planets such as Mars.
This is an intensive 5-day short course and field training program on impact cratering. This course will introduce students to the processes and products of impact cratering on Earth and throughout the Solar System. This course will be based in Sudbury, Ontario, the site of an ~200 km diameter impact structure formed 1.85 billion years ago. Each day will feature 3 hours of lecture material in the morning, followed by field excursions and/or hands on laboratory sessions in the afternoons. The Sudbury structure offers an exceptional opportunity to study impact melt rocks, various types of impact breccias, shatter cones, impact-induced hydrothermal alteration, and much more.
There will be a competitive process for application to this course. The application form will be available shortly. Selected participants will have their travel and registration costs covered by the NASA Lunar Science Institute. Western University students should contact Dr. Osinski directly (don’t use application form).
Link to the Impact Cratering Short Course outline.
Astromaterials Curation Lecture at the Universtiy of Toronto - Oct 20
Posted Oct 13, 2011
Dr.Carlton Allen, Astromaterials Curator at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, will present a talk titled "Curating NASA's Extraterrestrial Samples: Past, Present, and Future." The talk will take place on Thursday Oct. 20, 2011, from 12 -1 pm, at the University of Toronto, Earth Sciences Centre Room 2093. Additional details can be found at: http://www.geology.utoronto.ca/events_folder/curating-nasas-extraterrestrial-samples-past-present-and-future.
Canadian Space Summit 2011; Abstract Deadline July 15th.
Posted July 11, 2011
The Canadian Space Society is hosting the upcoming Canadian Space Summit 2011, to be held at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino, Calgary, AB, November 23-25, 2011. This annual conference brings together all elements of Canada's Space industry, Universities, and Government. Abstracts may be submitted for consideration until this Friday, July 15, 2011. More details can be found on the summit website ( www.css.ca/index.php/css-summit)
NASA Lunar Science Forum 2011
Posted July 11, 2011
The 4th annual NASA Lunar Science Forum will be held July 19-21, 2011, at the NASA Ames Conference Center, Moffett Field, California. This year's sessions will include scientific results from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, as well as future opportunities for lunar exploration. More details can be found at the Forum website (http://lunarscience2011.arc.nasa.gov/welcome)
Public Lecture: Creating a Multi-Planet Civilization - Mar 25th
Posted Mar 22, 2011
The Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario) is presenting the 8th Annual Planetary Science and Exploration Distinguished Public Lecture on Friday, March 25th, 2011, at 7 pm. Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards, CEO of Moon Express, will talk about how to create a civilization that spans more than one planet. All are welcome to attend. For more details, please see http://cpsx.uwo.ca/NewsAndEvents/annuallecture.html.
The Next Breakthrough Space Technologies for Canada
Posted March 14, 2011
Date & Time: Friday, March 18th, 2011, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM,
with a Networking & Social Event at 7:00 PM.
Location: MaRS Development District, 101 College St., Toronto, Ontario M5G1L7
Synopsis: Does Canada still enjoy the historic lead in robotics we once used as leverage for Canadian astronaut trips aboard 13 NASA and two Soyuz manned missions?
NLSI Director's Virtual Seminar Series - Jan 18
Posted Jan 11, 2011
Please join the NASA Lunar Science Institute for the first seminar of the 2011 Director's Virtual Seminar Series. The next seminar will be on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 17:00 GMT. This month's speaker will be Stephen Mojzsis from the University of Colorado at Boulder, who will talk on "What does it matter if there was a Late Heavy Bombardment of the Solar System?" For more information about this talk and how to connect virtually to the seminar, please see http://lunarscience.nasa.gov/events/mojzsis.
Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program - Application Deadline Jan 21
Posted Jan 11, 2011
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special lunar exploration summer intern program to evaluate possible landing sites for robotic and human exploration missions. The LPI invites applications from graduate students in geology, planetary science, and related programs. The program is also open to undergraduate students in geology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics with at least 50 semester hours of credit. The goal of this program is to integrate NASA's lunar science priorities with the exploration components of the Constellation program. This will be a unique team activity that should foster extensive discussions among students and senior science team members. The 10-week program runs from May 31, 2011, through August 5, 2011. Selected interns will receive a $5000.00 stipend to cover the costs associated with being in Houston for the duration of the program. Additionally, U.S. citizens will receive up to $1000.00 in travel expense reimbursement, and foreign nationals will receive up to $1500 in travel expense reimbursement. Please pass this information on to any students who might be interested. Application deadline is January 21, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar_intern/.
8th Annual “Expanding Canada’s Frontiers” Symposium - Jan 28, 7pm
Posted Jan 11, 2011
The Astronomy & Space Exploration Society (ASX) is pleased to announce their 8th annual “Expanding Canada’s Frontiers” Symposium - "Unraveling The Universe" to be held at the University of Toronto on Friday, January 28, 2011, 7:00 PM. More information, including how to purchase tickets, can be found at http://asx.sa.utoronto.ca/symposium/.
Undergraduate Planetary Science Research Conference - March 6
Posted Jan 11, 2011
As part of the NASA SMD Year of the Solar System, undergraduate researchers are invited to participate in the YSS Undergraduate Planetary Science Research Conference at LPSC! Conference will be held Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 9:00 am to 5:00 (in association with the 2011 LPSC) in The Woodlands, TX.
The Conference includes:
· Panels on “How to Choose the Grad School Right for You”, “Alternative Careers in Science” and “Women in Planetary Science”;
· Poster sessions where students will present their posters to other student and to the scientific community;
· “Meeting Mentors” will pair students with a scientist for part of the LPSC meeting, so students can learn how to engage at a scientific conference.
· Opportunity to meet other undergraduate researchers, graduate students and scientists.
Undergraduate students currently conducting research in planetary sciences, astrobiology and lunar sciences are eligible. Some travel support will be available to students who qualify. Priority will be given to students of diverse backgrounds. Students are encouraged to attend LPSC and the travel supports include registration for and participation in LPSC. Abstracts are due: Close of Business,
To apply, please go to: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/yssurc2011/.
Wet Vs. Dry Moon Workshop - June 13-15
Posted Jan 11, 2011
The workshop on A Wet vs. Dry Moon: Exploring Volatiles Reservoirs and Implications for the Evolution of the Moon and Future Exploration will be held June 13–15, 2011, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston , Texas. Information is now available on the workshop website: www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/volatiles2011/.
To be added to the mailing list to receive reminders and other pertinent information related to the meeting, please submit the Indication of Interest form by February 8, 2011.
National Space Awareness Workshop 2010 - Registration deadline Nov 12
Posted Nov 8, 2010
The National Space Awareness Workshop (NSAW) 2010 is taking place this Friday November 19 in Ottawa, just before the Canadian Space Summit. The NSAW is a biennial event, hosted by the Canadian Alumni of the International Space University (CAISU) and aimed at promoting space awareness among students, young professionals, and the community in general. This year's theme is “ISS to Commercialization: Canada’s Future Space Contributions”. For more information and registration details, Visit http://caisu.org/nsaw/2010/.
LPSC 2011 Meeting - Abstract Deadline Tuesday Jan 4, 2011
Posted Nov 8, 2010
The abstract submission and registration forms for the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference are now open. This year's registration and submission process is slightly different from previous years and will require you to create a personal profile. For more details or to submit an abstract, please visit the LPSC website at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2011/.
Chang’e-2 Launched Successfully
Posted Oct 1, 2010
China’s lunar probe, the Chang’e-2, was successfully launched on Friday Oct. 1, 2010 at 6:59:57 PM local time from the Xichang satellite launch site in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellite blasted off on a Long March 3C carrier rocket and, after separating from the rocket, successfully entered the Earth-Moon transfer orbit and unfolded its solar panels, according to reports from the control center. Chang’e-2 is expected to take about 112 hours, or almost five days, to arrive at its lunar orbit. The launch was covered live at http://english.cntv.cn/english/special/change2_satellite/change/, where more details and a video recap of the launch can be found.
Chang’e-2 Launch Scheduled for Oct 1
Posted Sept 29, 2010
China’s second lunar satellite, the Chang’e Two is set to launch Oct. 1, 2010 at 7 am EST. The goal of this mission is to continue with the scientific research started with Chang’e 1 and to prepare for the final goal of landing on the Moon. More information and special live coverage is provided by China Central Television at http://english.cntv.cn/english/special/change2_satellite/change/.
Canadian Space Summit 2010
Posted Sept 24, 2010
The Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Space Society is hosting the Canadian Space Summit, November 19-21, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Deadline for the submission of papers is Oct. 1. More details can be found at http://www.css.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=300&Itemid=86
Robotic Science from the Moon
Posted Sept 24, 2010
The Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR) is hosting a workshop titled Robotic Science from the Moon: Gravitational Physics, Heliophysics and Cosmology on Oct. 5-6, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado. For more information, please see the workshop website at http://lunar.colorado.edu/workshop.php
Europe plans Large Lunar Lander
Posted Sept 24, 2010
ESA has awarded a contract to Germany’s EADS Astrium to conduct further detailed design work on an unmanned spacecraft. The craft will land near the Moon’s south pole and deploy a rover to investigate the mineralogy of the surface soils and potentially look for water. For more details, see the BBC News story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11305553
LPSC 2011 Meeting Announcement
Posted Sept 24, 2010
Details for the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference have been announced. The conference dates are March 7-11, 2011. For further details, please see the LPSC website at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2011/
CLRN in the Media
Posted Sept 24, 2010
Lunar research at the CLRN was recently featured in the August 2010 Jodcast (http://www.jodcast.net/), an astromony podcast based out of the University of Manchester. CLRN’s own Dr. Antonenko talks about the CLRN, lunar exploration in Canada, and her own research on the Moon. Listen to the interview at http://www.jodcast.net/archive/201008/20100804-jodcast-interview1-low.mp3
NASA launches Moonbase Alpha
Posted Sept 24, 2010
This summer, NASA introduced a new on-line video game based around a lunar outpost on the south pole of the Moon. The goal of this project is to promote lunar exploration to the general public and educate people about what is involved in this kind of long-term mission. To learn more, and play the game, go to http://www.nasa.gov/moonbasealpha
Europe plans large lunar lander
posted September 21, 2010
Europe has plans to send a sophisticated, unmanned spacecraft to the surface of the Moon. It will consist of a lander and a rover that will land near the south pole of the moon in search of water and to examine this area moon for the possibility of future human exploration.
For more information go to the BBC news article.
International Observe the Moon Night
posted Sept. 18 2010
International Observe the Moon Night was a big success. Check out the information page to see what all took place.
Moon Zoo Debuts!
posted May 17, 2010
Citizens across the world can now participate in and contribute to lunar science!
Visit http://www.moonzoo.org/ to explore high resolution images taken by the
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. You can count craters, assess features
on the lunar surface, access resources about the Moon, and discuss
scientific ideas with others, all on the website.
UWO's Astronomer Phil Stooke discovers the location of the Soviet rover Lunokhod 2!
posted March 17, 2010
Dr. Phil Strooke of the University of Western Ontario pinpointed the location of the Soviet Moon rover Lunokhod 2 in images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) released just this Monday March 15, 2010 by NASA. Dr. Stooke compared the images to his previously published reference book of the Moon: 'The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration' to make the discovery. For more details, click HERE.
Lunar Graduate Conference 2010 (LunGradCon 2010)
posted March 17, 2010
The first-ever Lunar Graduate COnference will be held Sunday, July 18, 2010 at the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC). In conjunction with the NASA Lunar Science Forum at ARC, LunGradCon will provide an opportunity for grad students and early-career postdocs to present their research on lunar science in a friendly environment among their peers. In addition to oral presentations, opportunities for networking with fellow grad students and postdocs, as well as senior members of the NASA Lunar Science Institute, will be provided. A limited amount of funding will be provided for travel and lodging costs. For more details, please visit: http://lasp.colorado.edu/ccldas/lgc2010 or e-mail any questions to email@example.com
NASA Lunar Science Forum 2010
posted Feb. 26, 2010
The 3rd annual NASA Lunar Science Forum will be held July 20-22, 2010, at the NASA Ames Conference Center, Moffett Field, California. Sessions will include scientific results from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, as well as the presentation of the annual Shoemaker medal and associated keynote lecture. Abstracts will be accepted starting February 22 through May 3, 2010. For more information click HERE.
CSA to sponsor 1 student to NASA Academy - Interested students please apply!posted Jan. 21, 2010
NASA Academy is an intensive 10-week resident summer research program for diverse undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in aerospace-related fields. It fosters creativity, personal initiative, leadership, teamwork, appreciation of diversity, and professional ethics in science. The Academy augments research with a senior scientist, engineer or other professional with interactive sessions with leaders in government, industry, and academia, a collaborative group project, lectures, field trips, oral and written presentations and middle & high school mentoring. The RAs gain experience in world-class laboratories, and build bonds with other future leaders including Academy alumni.
For the 2010 session, the Canadian Space Agency will fund ONE Canadian undergraduate or graduate student's participation in the NASA Academy. This student will be selected following an evaluation of the required application criteria by scientists at the Canadian Space Agency and at NASA. Apply HERE.
The DEADLINE is Feb 5th, 2010!
NLSI Fall 2009 Director's Seminar Series -Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
CPSX abd CLRN are hosting the NASA Lunar Science Institute's Fall 2009 Director's Seminar Series!
Topic: "The Lunar Cataclysm Hypothesis & Implications for the Entire Solar System"
View this virtual seminar in WSC 148 at 12:00pm. All are welcome!
"LCROSS for Breakfast"Friday October 9th, 2009
Meet at the Cronyn Observatory 5:30am Friday morning for some stargazing, breakfast will be provided compliments of CLRN and CPSX, followed by a NASA TV viewing of the LCROSS impact into the Moon at 7:30am sharp! All are welcome!
White Papers released by NASA Planetary Science Division Decadal Survey process
September 17th, 2009
Moon-relevant papers are available at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/decadal/leag/
All submitted papers are available at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/ssbsurvey/publicview.aspx
Release of LROC images
Thursday September 10th, 2009
Visit http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc_browse to see the new images which can be double-clicked for higher resolution.
July 16, 1969 marked the launch of Apollo 11 and the start of a journey which would bring humanity to the surface of the moon for the very first time. The world watched anxiously as astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. made the journey aboard the Columbia spacecraft, all greatly anticipating humankinds first steps on another planetary body. Four days after launch Armstrong and Aldrin descended from lunar orbit in the Eagle to touchdown on the moon for the first time in human history.
Now, forty years later, we can re-live the excitement of this historic mission. We Choose the Moon is an online resource which recreated the entire mission in real-time (which can now be replayed anytime by visiting the site), you can even follow along on Twitter and Facebook! Also NASA's Apollo websites http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/ and http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/40th/, include historical footage, interactive activities, and modern perspectives on the Apollo program.
2:30 – 8:30 pm
Western's Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration (CPSX), and the Canadian Lunar Research Network (CLRN) held their joint Grand Opening event, which took place on Friday Feb 27th. The Grand Opening featured speakers, displays, and demonstrations from NASA, CSA, MDA, Odyssey Moon, and Western. The schedule is now posted at http://planetsci.uwo.ca/CPSX-CLRN_Grand-Opening-Schedule.pdf.
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — Seven academic and research teams were selected as the initial members of NASA’s new Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). Selections were based on a competitive evaluation process that began in June 2008. “We are extremely pleased with the response of the science community and the high quality of proposals received,” said David Morrison, the NLSI’s interim director. “We look forward to solid contributions from these teams,” said Jim Green, director of the Planetary Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
For more information, read the press release at http://lunarscience.arc.nasa.gov/articles/nasa-selects-research-teams-for-lunar-science-institute.
MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. and LONDON, ON – NASA's Lunar Science Institute at Moffett Field, Calif., has announced its first international affiliate partner for conducting lunar science activities. The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, will host the newly established Canadian Lunar Research Network (CLRN), which represents the Canadian lunar science community.
"We are tremendously excited about this partnership," said S. Pete Worden, director of NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. "With the large number of U.S. and international missions focused on the Moon, this is absolutely the right step forward."
NASA’s Lunar Science Institute (NLSI), dedicated in April 2008 at Ames, will promote a new generation of research on and about the Moon. It will support collaborative science, providing technical perspectives to NASA's lunar missions and developing future scientific investigations.
"We are extremely proud of [CLRN’s] status as the first NASA Lunar Science Institute affiliate outside of the United States," said Ted Hewitt, Western's Vice-President (Research & International Relations). "We look forward to working with our colleagues throughout the [NLSI’s] organization and at the Canadian Space Agency conducting this world-class research."
The CLRN’s main goals are to foster collaboration between lunar researchers, develope the next generation of lunar science researchers, and support an enthusiastic public outreach program focused on the Moon.
"The moon has been Earth's cosmic partner for the last four billion years," said Gregory Schmidt, deputy director of the NLSI and director of international partnerships. "It is an honor to move forward in partnership with the Canadian science community in this next phase of scientific exploration of the Moon.”
For information about the NASA Lunar Science Institute, visit: http://lunarscience.arc.nasa.gov/.